Under the Skin

Images as the language of the unconscious

Authored by: Joanna Dovalis , John Izod

The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138666962
eBook ISBN: 9781315619163
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619163-28

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Abstract

When aliens come to our planet, one thing which science fiction audiences learn to expect is that, whether for better or for worse, and whether they take up residence here or move on, visitors who traverse galaxies to reach Earth rarely leave things here unchanged. With the exception only of the tiny number of Earthlings who claim intimate knowledge of incomers, the physical being of extra-terrestrials, if any, is entirely unknown to humanity. Therefore (whether found in dreams, legends, myths or fictions), images of and ideas about such visitors are impregnated with fantasy. Ipso facto these beings are vehicles for energy sourced outwith consciousness. The anxiety that surrounds them is one sign of that characteristic.

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